Every year, Roll Call matches members of Congress with the field in the NCAA men’s college basketball championship bracket.
While members are back home, staffers are still in D.C. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Welcome back from the long weekend and happy recess.
How has the 115th Congress affected you so far? We found out in a survey that staffers are sleepier than the were in the last one, and now we want to hear anecdotes about how 2017 is treating you.
Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais said he does his talking in committee meetings. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Mum’s the word for Rep. Scott DesJarlais, at least on the House floor.
The Tennessee Republican, who represents the Volunteer State’s 4th District, only spoke from the House floor on one day during the 114th Congress, according to C-SPAN, earning him the title of quietest congressman.
Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin was the biggest spender on a mailing practice known as franking during the third quarter of 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
House lawmakers spent millions of dollars on nonpolitical, constituent communications — on the taxpayers’ dime — in the weeks before a “blackout” deadline before November’s elections, according to a Roll Call analysis of receipts recently published by the chamber’s chief administrative officer.
Members of Congress can send this type of mail, a perk known as “franking” that dates back to the Colonial era, by using their signatures instead of stamps. It’s meant to communicate information about a lawmakers’ legislative duties and constituent services, according to the Committee on House Administration.
Rep. Scott Desjarlais, R-Tenn., talks with reporters after a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol, May 17, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Tennessee Republican Scott DesJarlais survived his primary in the 4th District Thursday night against former Mitt Romney aide Grant Starrett.
Starrett tweeted that he called DesJarlais to concede shortly before The Associated Press called the race in the congressman's favor. DesJarlais won 52 percent of the vote to Starrett's 43.
Tennessee Rep. Diane Black faces a primary challenge from former state Rep. Joe Carr. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
The marquee primary in Tennessee on Thursday is a 28-year-old former Mitt Romney aide’s attempt to unseat scandal-plagued Rep. Scott DesJarlais.
Grant Starrett is running an aggressive ground game, giving some Republicans hope that he can knock off the three-term Republican in the state's 4th District.
Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais is being challenged by a 28-year-old former Mitt Romney aide. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Among the House Republicans circulating through the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland two weeks ago was Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais.
It wasn't unusual to see Republicans from solidly red districts at a convention that their more vulnerable colleagues avoided. But while DesJarlais hails from a safe Republican district, he himself is not safe.
Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., says Donald Trump's speech appealed to middle America. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Congressional Republicans were largely impressed with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's speech Thursday as he formally accepted the nomination and closed the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
"He covered a lot of ground and did it very well," said Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais, calling it a good general election message.
Iowa Rep. Rod Blum tops Roll Call's most vulnerable list. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Freshman Republicans who won in 2014 dominate Roll Call's Top 10 List of House incumbents most likely to lose in November.
Elected in low-turnout midterms, they're now on the defensive in districts that often vote Democratic in presidential years.
Donald Trump waves from an SUV after a meeting with GOP leaders. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump met with current and former members of Congress Monday to talk about unifying Republican around his candidacy so they can focus on defeating the likely Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in November.
"People up here need to take a look at what’s happening and probably get used to the idea that it’s very likely Donald Trump" who will be the Republican nominee, Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., told reporters after the meeting.